Summer reading picks from Traci Thomas and Scott Tong

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A woman reads a book at the beach. (Manu Fernandez/AP)
A woman reads a book at the beach. (Manu Fernandez/AP)

The summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean summer reading is over. Whether you prefer fiction, nonfiction, essays or any other genre, we’ve got recommendations.

Creator of “The Stacks” podcast Traci Thomas recounts some of her favorite titles she read this summer, including memoirs, historical accounts and essay collections.

Hosts Scott Tong and Robin Young chime in with their recommendations, too, including titles featured on Here & Now in the past. Tong’s picks span a range of genres, from biography to historical fiction. Young recommends a novel and a historical nonfiction.

Book recommendations from Traci Thomas

Book recommendations from Scott Tong

Click here for a conversation with Jonathan Eig.

Book recommendations from Robin Young

Emiko Tamagawa produced and edited this interview for broadcast with Todd MundtGrace Griffin adapted it for the web.

This segment aired on August 30, 2023.


Scott Tong Co-Host, Here & Now
Scott Tong joined Here & Now as a co-host in July 2021 after spending 16 years at Marketplace as Shanghai bureau chief and senior correspondent.


Emiko Tamagawa Senior Producer, Here & Now
Emiko Tamagawa produces arts and culture segments for Here & Now.



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